Although I’ve been living in The Pioneer Valley since May of 2019, I still find myself getting acclimated to my new(ish) community and surroundings. There are so many performance spaces/venues, art galleries, museums, restaurants, shops and oddities to discover around every corner- and I thought that every once in a while it would be fun to designate a post about some of my favorites here on the blog.
Hence, “Local Loves” is born.
I’m fortunate enough to live in downtown Greenfield- which means I’m within walking distance to a plethora of things to do. Sometimes, though- I just like to eat a big bag of buttery popcorn by myself and watch a movie in a comfortable seat within a historic building for under $10.
That’s where The Garden comes in.
Opened in 1929, The Garden has been family owned and operated ever since- and has seen it’s fair share of changes over ninety years- including being added to the National Register of Historic Places in the 80s. They host contests, special screenings/events, and actively contribute to the community with various incentives and activities.
It was taken over by new management in late 2019, shortly after I ventured inside the building for the very first time to catch an afternoon screening of “It: Chapter 2” (they show both new and classic movies!) for a couple of dollars. The new management spruced up the interior and fixed the lovely marquee out front- which is one of my favorite things to see when I’m walking back to my apartment at night.
I found myself at The Garden the other night on a bit of a solo “me” date- where I caught a screening of ‘Uncut Gems’ (such an excellent but super stressful movie, by the way!) and snacked to my heart’s content. I love going to the movies on weeknights, since there’s rarely ever a crowd- and the prices are so low that I don’t feel guilty treating myself every once in a while.
I also took some lovely photos of the exterior and interior/concession stand area- in black and white since the entrance way looks like something straight out of a classic noir film. You can see for yourselves in the pictures!
But truly, if you ever find yourself with an afternoon off in Greenfield- catch a movie there. You won’t regret it. I know I never do.